My Camino Route in 2016

My Camino Route in 2016
This year, I will be walking Camino Madrid from El Escorial through Segovia and Valladolid to Sahagun. I will have a few more days of walking and am currently thinking I might then walk from Astorga to Zamora on the portion of the Via de la Plata that I did not walk in 2014. In all it w=should be about 18 days and somewhere between 250 and 300 miles of walking.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Valenca September 13

The walls of the fortress in Valenca. Across the Rio Minho in the distance is Spain.

Chris and Gerhard enjoying a mid afternoon hamburger with beer.


After yesterday´s post, we bought a few groceries at a small mercado behind the bar then stopped at a restaurant on the way back for a so-so meal of grilled chicken, rice, and greasy French fries. Back at the albergue, we shared our bottle of vinho verde with two South African women staying here. They deliberately are walking without husbands because the husbands walk too fast! Marge was asleep by 7:30. I went to bed an hour later and we had plenty of quiet sleep to make up for the noisy night before.

Up at 7 am and walking by 7:45. It was a gentle climb (compared to that of yesterday) of 2.5 miles out of the valley of the Rio Couro and down into the valley of the Rio Minho. The rest of our twelve miles today was an easy walk into Valenca. The last few km were through the dreary suburbs and industrial area into the city.

The albergue just outside the old town does not open until 4 pm, so we went with the Austrian father and 29 y.o. son into the touristy old town, which is am impressivley old and large fort high overlooking the Rio Minho. However everything inside is very touristy, souvenir shops and tourist buses. Again many of the tourists stopped and stared at us and some took pictures, like we were some kind of geek sideshow. After wandering around for a while, we found some of the German and Austrian pilgrims at a bar, so we joined them for a while. I had a beer, Marge a cola, and shared a salad. We wandered back to the albergue, but still closed. I tried but could not find free wifi, so am posting this from a pay computer in another bar.

This is our last night in Portugal, tomorrow we walk across the bridge over the Minho and into Spain!

8 comments:

  1. Hey John
    Erik from Denmark here. Have I envy you your trip. I am thinking, me and you John, and the young mann from Canada, what was his name, oh yes, Greg was the name, we was a good team!
    But John, don"t you have eny cold meat balls yet
    Keep on the good story. Thank you and keep walking.

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  2. Erik-
    I can not find the meat balls (albdonigas) here in Portugal. But tomorrow we will be in Spain and I will look.

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  3. Great photo, but why isn't Marge smiling? Glad you are heading into Spain tomorrow :-)
    Love,
    Kathy

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  4. Hi Dad,

    I am curious what you think about Portugal compared to Spain. Hopefully you enjoy some better food on your next stops.

    We got back from Acadia this evening. It was beautiful and we were fortunate to have good weather. We kayaked and hiked there.

    Love,

    Julia

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  5. Wow...Do I ever remember that town!! Ate at Bom Jesus Cafe' and eventually wandered across to the Spanish side for the night...and wound up with a nightclub right next door! Check out the Cathedral ! Wishing you all the best. Your bringing back terrific memories!

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  6. Wishing you happy trails in Spain. Have not walked the Camino Portugues (yet!) - only thru your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Warm wishes from Jan in Vancouver, BC.

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  7. We did eat at the Restaurante Bom Jesus last night and the food was very good. The vegetable on the side was boiled kale. I loved that part!

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  8. Hmmm, we'll have to try some boiled kale from our garden when you get back.
    Kathy

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